Providence Players Honored With 25 WATCH Award Nominations for 2017 Productions

Providence Players 2017 WATCH Award Montage

On Sunday January 21, 2018, the Washington Area Community Theater Honors (WATCH) organization announced the 18th Annual WATCH award nominations for community theater productions mounted in calendar year 2017.  The Providence Players were honored with 25 award nominations in 15 production categories with nominations going to each of the three PPF productions eligible for WATCH adjudication in 2017. There are currently 27 member companies in WATCH from throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. A  total of 99 productions (33 musicals, 66 plays) were adjudicated in 2017. The Providence Players have been a member of WATCH since 2004.

The Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) is an organization founded for the adjudication and presentation of annual awards recognizing artistic and technical excellence in community theatre throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and that these honors will:

  • Foster and encourage the growth of community theater
  • Promote and enhance the image of community theater; and
  • Educate and inform the general public about the theatrical opportunities provided by the member theaters.

Since joining WATCH in 2004, the Providence Players have produced 42 plays and musicals eligible for WATCH adjudication (our holiday productions are not WATCH eligible). The large number of outstanding community theater companies who are WATCH members coupled with the sheer number of productions adjudicated each year makes both nominations and awards highly competitive. PPF has been honored with 135 WATCH nominations for 33 different productions since joining the organization. That is nearly 79% of all our productions have been recognized in some fashion by our peer organizations, a fact we are quite proud of.

The twenty-five 2017 WATCH award nominations for the Providence Players are:

For The PPF Production of To Kill a Mockingbird (Performed March 24 – April 8, 2017) – 11 Nominations

Outstanding Direction of a Play Beth Gilles-Whitehead
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Sophia Manicone as “Jean Louise Finch”

Sophia Manicone and Beth Whitehead, Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

Sophia Manicone and Beth Gilles-Whitehead, Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Robert Heinly as “Atticus Finch”

Robert Heinly as Atticus Finch in the PPF production of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

Robert Heinly as Atticus Finch in the PPF production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

Outstanding Properties in a Play Julie Janson
Outstanding Set Design in a Play Patrick David
Outstanding Set Construction in a Play Patrick David
Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play Ingrid David

Patrick and Ingrid David Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

“To Kill a Mockingbird” set design, construction and decoration by Patrick and Ingrid David. Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

The set of the Providence Players production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

The set of the Providence Players production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The Set of the Providence Players To Kill a Mockingbird by Ingrid and Patrick David Courtroom Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Light Design in a Play Chip Gertzog
Outstanding Costume Design in a Play Julie Janson and Amanda Ranowsky
Outstanding Hair Design in a Play Beth Whitehead, Beth Harrison, Amanda Ranowsky
Outstanding Makeup Design in a Play Beth Whitehead, Beth Harrison, Amanda Ranowsky

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Performed June 2 – June 17, 2017) – 1 Nomination

Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play Andra Whitt

The Providence Players Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

The cast of The Providence Players “Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike” on set. Set decoration by Andra Whitt. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

 

Moon Over Buffalo (Performed October 6 – October 21, 2017) – 13 Nominations

Outstanding Play – Moon Over Buffalo
Outstanding Direction of a Play Jayne Victor

The Providence Players "Moon Over Buffalo" directed by Jayne Victor. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

The Providence Players “Moon Over Buffalo” directed by Jayne Victor. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Maria Watson as “Charlotte Hay”

Maria Watson as Charlotte Hay in the Providence Players Production of "Moon Over Buffalo". Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Maria Watson as Charlotte Hay in the Providence Players Production of “Moon Over Buffalo”. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Michael Donahue as “George Hay”

Michael Donahue as George Hay in the Providence Players Production of "Moon Over Buffalo". Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Michael Donahue as George Hay in the Providence Players Production of “Moon Over Buffalo”. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Jenny Madorsky as “Rosalind”

Jenny Madorsky as Rosalind Hay in the Providence Players production of "Moon Over Buffalo". Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Jenny Madorsky as Rosalind Hay in the Providence Players production of “Moon Over Buffalo”. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Robey Manno as “Ethel”

Robey Manno as Ethel in the Providence Players production of "Moon Over Buffalo". Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Robey Manno as Ethel in the Providence Players production of “Moon Over Buffalo”. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Chuck O’Toole as “Paul”

Chuck O'toole as Paul in the Providence Players production of "Moon Over Buffalo". Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Chuck O’toole as Paul in the Providence Players production of “Moon Over Buffalo”. Photo by Chip Gertzog Providence Players

Outstanding Properties in a Play Robbie Snow
Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play Beth Gilles-Whitehead and David Whitehead
Outstanding Costume Design in a Play Christian D. Faulkner
Outstanding Hair Design in a Play Beth Harrison
Outstanding Makeup Design in a Play Beth Harrison
Outstanding Stage Combat Choreography Mike Donahue

Congratulations to all our nominees and to all PPF members who contributed to the success of these and all PPF productions during 2017.  Congratulations as well, to all our colleagues in the 27 DMV WATCH member community theater companies. 2017 was an outstanding year in Washington area community theater with a huge number of outstanding productions and hundreds of wonderful performances and technical achievements.

Don’t Miss The Next PPF Hit – The Front Page

April 6 through April 21, 2018

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by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur – Directed by Michael Donahue 
The classic comedy set in a 1920s Chicago Criminal Courts press room. Reporter Hildy Johnson wants to break away from journalism and get married, but all that changes when there is a jailbreak and an escaped convict, Earl Williams, falls into the reporter’s hands. Hildy’s daunting challenge now is to get Williams out of the building to a safe place for an interview before rival reporters or trigger-happy policemen discover him. Fast paced, and filled with crisp dialog and sharp humor, this irresistible comedy of both stage and screen fame packs a wallop of nostalgic Americana.

Performance Dates And Times

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.
April 6 – 21
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m.
April 8 & 15

Join Us For The Laughter!

Adults $20 Seniors (62+)/Students $17

Location: James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

All Seating is Reserved

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